Newsela co-hosts monthly Twitter chats with Newsela Certified Educators using the hashtag #NCEchat. Twitter chats are one way to grow your professional learning network. Educators all sign on at the same time and tweet using a shared hashtag. It is a great way to meet like-minded educators from around the world for future collaboration and professional conversation.
Georgia superstar educator and technology specialist Jaime Vandergrift led our fourth discussion on March 25, focused on how to make digital literacy a part of your classroom routine and a consistent instructional practice.
Below are the questions we asked and some of your answers!
Q1:What routines do you establish in the classroom with technology? #NCEchat
A1: Determine when tech is needed. Clarity about when we are no-tech. Open to students suggesting tech as tool anytime! #NCEChat— Kenneth McKee, NBCT (@kennycmckee) April 25, 2017
A1: I believe all routines start with modeling, as in ME, US, YOU. Gradual release and lots of digital citizenship! #NCEChat— Jaime Vandergrift (@JaimeVanderG) April 25, 2017
#NCEChat A1: lots of # digcit and lots of walking around. Technology in the classroom is not a sitting time for Ts.— Jaki Day, EDS (@jdayedu) April 25, 2017
Q2: How do you help other educators see how Newsela fits into their practice and curriculum? #NCEchat
A2: I usually share text sets aligned to standards. Share sample lessons. Plan and teach with them if they are open to it. #NCEChat— Kenneth McKee, NBCT (@kennycmckee) April 25, 2017
A2 Ask them what they're teaching so I can show them how it fits in with anything and everything #NCEchat— Megan Pattenhouse (@MPattenhouse) April 25, 2017
Q3: Why is modeling in our classrooms best practices with Newsela helpful for our colleagues? #NCEchat
Q4: How does Newsela help make learning relevant and connect to students’ worlds? #NCEchat
A4: I find the broad range of current topics are meaningful to students. Motivation is an integral part of reading growth. #NCEChat— Kenneth McKee, NBCT (@kennycmckee) April 25, 2017
Q5: How do you plan with Newsela for daily instruction? #NCEchat
A5: find articles that relate to fiction we are reading or search for articles based on standard sometimes too #ncechat— Sarah Bayer (@MrsBayerLSMS) April 25, 2017
A5: The first few weeks we will work through articles together and I can model how to engage with the text, annotate, etc. #NCEChat— Jaime Vandergrift (@JaimeVanderG) April 25, 2017